Kofi Annan Awarded German Media PrizeYes, right! That is the same last moral instance where Israel is the only member not permitted to stand for election to the full range of bodies, where Libya -- a country with a proud tradition of human rights violations -- used to chair the Human Rights Commission, which includes, besides Libya, countries with an impeccable human rights record like Cuba, Sudan or Syria, whereas Israel cannot even be a candidate for the same body.
Yesterday, UN Secretary General Kofi Annan received the prestigious German Media Prize for 2003 in Baden Baden. The jury of major German editors awarded Annan with the prize for his dealing with the "Iraq crisis".
The jury stated that increasingly more people look towards the UN as the last moral instance. In his speech, Annan underlined the importance of the UN and said states have the right to defend themselves and each other if attacked.
The German Media Prize is awarded since 1992 to people with an important international media influence. Earlier prize winners are, for example, French President Francois Mitterand, Yitzak Rabin, Yasser Arafat, Boris Yeltsin and King Hussein of Jordan.
By the way. . . Did you notice any points in common between the prizewinners mentioned above?